The SpongeBob SquarePants Experience: A Deep Dive into the World of Bikini Bottom
List of books is a book published by Insight Editions and authored by the animation historian The SpongeBob SquarePants Experience: A Deep Dive into the World of Bikini Bottom Jerry Beck. It is an unofficial history of how the series came to be using interviews and images.
None of the show's crew members were directly involved with writing the book, and reviews from
Publishers Weekly called attention to numerous inaccuracies in Jerry Beck's descriptions. It uses fan-made character information (such as Fred's last name being "Rechid") and uses a piece of DeviantArt fanart for Barnacle Boy's image.
All of the interviews and original artwork were taken from previous (and much more accurate) books, including
SpongeBob Exposed! The Insider's Guide to SpongeBob SquarePants
This lavish coffee table book delivers an eye-opening behind-the-scenes look at the creation of
SpongeBob and all the hard work and creativity that has gone into making him one of the most popular cartoon characters of all time. Featuring in-depth interviews with the cast and crew who bring Bikini Bottom to life, The SpongeBob SquarePants Experience will also include a treasure trove of SpongeBob concept artwork and other rare and revelatory visuals that will make it an absolute delight for fans.
Delving into the creation of each of the beloved characters like never before and featuring early sketches, concepts, and other material that sheds new light on the creative vision behind
SpongeBob, this is the ultimate book on a true icon of animation.
The SpongeBob SquarePants Experience also presents a wealth of fun inserts, pullouts, and other surprises, creating a truly interactive experience that takes fans into SpongeBob's world like never before.
The book received praise for its inclusion of behind-the-scenes artwork, but was criticized for inaccuracies and sourcing from the user-editable sites Wikipedia and IMDb. Publisher Judith Rosen said, "It's a visually-appealing novelty item, with art almost falling off the pages ... [But] any long-time fans hoping for something more will be disappointed, and it's hard not to notice that there are sections of content paraphrased directly from the characters' Wikipedia articles."
The reviewer also pointed out how "Beck interrupts a quote from  Tom Kenny with a reference to the credits off IMDB."
As an unofficial history written by Jerry Beck instead of any Nickelodeon employee, there are numerous errors:
Fanart used without permission for Barnacle Boy.
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy's page uses this fanart by DeviantArt user EnterPraiz for Barnacle Boy's image. EnterPraiz did not release his fanart under Creative Commons, so it seems Jerry Beck took the fanart without permission and without checking to see its license.
Barnacle Boy's arm on the fanart is even obviously airbrushed to remove the other side of it, where EnterPraiz put Mermaid Man and his artist signature.
Mermaid Man's image is also unofficial fanart. It is this fan-traced SVG file made by the wiki users FrostyLemon and Airhogs777.
Two big errors in one: Dr. Actor used for Dr. Gill, and Fred's last name is fanmade
The book uses unofficial fan-made information about the characters, culled directly from fansites, such as Fred having the last name "Rechid." This name was only ever applied to a completely different character ( Nurse Rechid), and the book's use of "Fred Rechid" as a name is one of many inaccurate things taken from fan wikis for the book.
Stephen Hillenburg is called a "former biologist," when he was actually a teacher of marine science, not a scientist.
Dr. Gill Gilliam's bio uses a picture of Dr. Actor instead.
Flats the Flounder's name is spelled as "Flatts."
The book alternates between spelling Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy as one or two words ("Mermaidman" and "Barnacleboy").
Pearl is cropped off of every single one of Stephen Hillenburg's sketches and drawings. Most obviously, her spot at the top of the vehicles poster is cut and blurred on the edges.
The international dub name list has a few errors:
The book claims that SpongeBob's name is changed to "Spongi Bob" in the Italian dub, but it actually stays the same (SpongeBob SquarePants).
Accents are removed from a few names, like Bob l'éponge ("Bob l'eponge") and Sūklis Bobs Kvadrātbiksis ("Suklis Bobs Kvadratbiksis").
SpongeBob's Brazilian Portuguese name is listed as "Bob Esponja, Calça Quadrada," as if they were two different names. However, it is his first and last names, so there should be no comma.
Almost every background or character painting in the book looks unfinished, with many of them lacking their outlines and looking dissimilar to their final appearances in the episodes. This is because Beck only used the bottom layers of the Photoshop files, without obtaining the final artwork.
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1, 2, 3 Under the Sea • A Christmas Coral • Art With Edge SpongeBob SquarePants • A Very Krabby Christmas • Ain't Life a Beach • An Underwater Welcome! • A Very Krusty Christmas • Adventures in Bikini Bottom • And the Winner Is... • Around Town • Another Day, Another Sand Dollar • Are We There Yet? • Atlantis SquarePantis • A Splash of Color! • Attack of the Zombies! • Behold, No Cavities! • Batter Up, SpongeBob! • Bikini Bottom Bounty • Bunny Business • Best Birthday Ever! • Belly Laughs From Bikini Bottom • Bubbly Beats • Book of Silly Stuff • Boat Trouble • Bring on the Rock! • Bikini Bottom Adventures • Boating School • Bikini Bottom Confidential • Bikini Bottom Buddies • Best in Show • Best Bikini Bottom Stories Ever! • Bikini Bottom Riddles • Blizzard Bluster!: SpongeBob's Book of Frosty Funnies • Blast Off, Splash Down! • Beyond Bikini Bottom! • Bottoms Up! Jokes from Bikini Bottom • Bubble Blowers, Beware! • Bubble Busters • Bubble Trouble • Boo Goes There? • Buried Treasure!: Tales from Bikini Bottom • Bad Luck Day • Brush with Greatness • Camp SpongeBob • Comic Number 9 • Comic Number 6 • Comic Number 5 • Comic Number 3 • Comic Number 2 • Comic Number 1 • Catch a Wave! • Celebrate the Sponge! 10th Birthday Edition • Clean Sweep • Chuckle and Cringe: SpongeBob's Book of Embarrassing Stories • Class Confusion • Classroom Crack-ups! • Christmas with Krabby Klaws • I Like Crabgrass • Crash Course! • Champions of the Sea! • Count on Me • Clowning Around • Confessions of a Sponge • Crime and Funishment • Dancing With The Star • Deep-Sea Tales • Don't Pencil Me In! • Don't Rock the Boat • Demolition Derby • Drive Thru • Dear SpongeBob • DoodleBob • Election Connection: The Official Nick Guide to Electing the President • Extreme Team! • Factory Fresh! • Fix the Rip • Fearless • Find It! • Five Playtime Tales • Fish Happens! • Four Absorbing Stories • Five Undersea Stories • Feel the Love • For the Love of Bubbles • Food Fight! • Friends Forever • Fly Like a Fish • Full Speed Ahead! • Fool's Gold • For Singing Out Loud! SpongeBob's Book of Showstopping Jokes • Fry Cook Freak-Out! • Friends Forever? • Go, Graduate!: All the Best from Bikini Bottom • Gone Jellyfishin' • Gone Nutty! • Goofball Rally! • Good Knight SpongeBob • Greetings from Bikini Bottom • Good Enough to Eat! • Good Ideas... and Other Disasters • Get the Pest • Good Times! • Guitar Songs: Songs for a Duck at Sea • Get a Job SpongeBob • Get Hooked! • Get a Clue!: A Nickelodeon Booktivity Pack • Grand Prize Winner! • Go, Team SpongeBob! • Hands Off! • Happy Birthday, SpongeBob! • Happy Birthday, Squidward! • Haunted Houseboat • Hello, SpongeBob! • Hello, Patrick! • How To Draw SpongeBob SquarePants, 5 Splashy Styles • Hold Your Sea Horses! • Happy Campers! • How to Draw SpongeBob SquarePants: The Bikini Bottom Collection • Hit the Road: A Nickelodeon Travel Deck • How to Draw SpongeBob SquarePants Drawing Book and Kit • Hugs and Fishes • Hall Monitor • How To Animate: SpongeBob SquarePants Flip book • Hide and Sneak • Hooked on Pirates • Hooray for Dads! • I Ripped My Pants! • I Rule My World! • I'm Ready! • I Saw It All! • Hoedown Showdown • I Feel Good! • It's Time • Ice Cream Dreams • Ice Cream Time • It's a SpongeBob Christmas! • In a Fix • Jellyfish Jam • Jumbo Coloring Party • Just Say Please • Jingle Smells • Jokes from the Krusty Krab • Jumbo Jokes • Jellyfishing • Krabby Patty Caper • Keep It Neat • Kado Natal • Krusty Krab Adventures • King of Karate! • Life's a Beach and Other SpongeBob-isms • Learn to Draw the Best of Nickelodeon • Let's Get Happy! • Laugh 'n' Ride • Lunch Rush • Lost in Time: A Medieval Adventure • Learn To Read With SpongeBob And Friends • Lights, Camera, Action! • Let's Paint! • Legends of Bikini Bottom • Mistaken Identity • Makhluk Laut yang Bodoh • My Trip to Atlantis - by SpongeBob SquarePants • My Name is CheeseHead • Man Sponge Saves the Day • Mussel Beach • Mother Knows Best • My Adventures with SpongeBob SquarePants • My Pet Sea Monster • Moms Are the Best! • Merry Christmas, SpongeBob • Make it Better • Meow...Like a Snail?! • My Adventures with SpongeBob SquarePants • Mermaid to Measure • Maritime Music Player • Moms Are the Best! • My Happy Book: SpongeBob's 10 Happiest Moments • Nickelodeon Story Time Collection • Nick Ultimate Sticker Collection • Nick Ready-to-Read Boxed Set • Nickelodeon Super Coloring Adventures • Naughty Nautical Neighbors • Nautical Nonsense: A SpongeBob Joke Book • Not Just Cartoons: Nicktoons! • Nickelodeon Jumbo Coloring Adventures • Nickelodeon Little Golden Book Favorites • New Student Starfish • Main Model Pack • Nickelodeon Christmas Tales • Ocean Close-Up • Once Upon a SpongeBob • Patrick's Backpack Book • Patrick the Super Star • Patrick Can Help • Plank-ton's Big Plan! • Pirates of Bikini Bottom • Patrick Star! • Pirate Puzzles! • Private Eyes • Plankton Needs It! • Plank-ton to the Rescue! • Party Time • Pest of the West • Plankton's Christmas Surprise! • Ripped Pants • Rocket Wreck • Rock Stars! • Road Trip in 3-D! • Race the Waves • Ride the Tide • Ready, Set, Go! • Ready for Laughs • Rub A Dub Dub • Salty Sea Stories • Super Sponge-tastic! • Seafaring Friends • Serving Up Smiles, a Joke Book • SquaredyPants! • SpongeBob SportyPants! • SpongeBob Football Star! • SpongeBob SantaPants • Sponge Art Kit • SpongeBob SquarePants Flip Book • Sponge at Heart: How to Live a Bikini Bottom Life • SpongeBob WetPants • SpongeBob DetectivePants in Double Trouble • SpongeBob Royale • SpongeBob DetectivePants in the Case of the Ruined Sign • SpongeBob SquarePants Happy Kit! • SpongeBob SquarePants Cine-Manga Box Set • SpongeBob's Busy Day • SpongeBob Detective Pants in the Case of the Lost Shell • Star Pupils! • SpongeBob Rocks • Scavenger Hunt • Sticker Shock! • Shell City, Here we Come! • Stick Together! • SpongeHenge • Sea Ghost • SpongeBob's Feelin' It! • Spring Cleanup • SpongeBob Exposed! The Insider's Guide to SpongeBob SquarePants • SpongeBob Superstar • Short-Order Showdown • Squidward Tentacles • SpongeBob's Christmas Wish • Super Happy Edition • SpongeBob and Chloe: Super Detectives • Somebunny Special • SpongeBob SquarePants Storybook Collection • SpongeBob SquarePants Mad Libs • SpongeBob Pops Up! • Soak It Up! • Storm Warning • SpongeBob and Zachary: Super Detectives • Scared Silly! • Sea Mail • SpongeBob's Day Off • SpongeBob's Bumper Joke Book • Surprize Ink! Just Jellyfishing • SpongeBob and Matthew: Super Detectives • Show Me the Bunny! • Shiver Me Timbers • Special Delivery! • SpongeBob Airpants: The Lost Episode • SpongeBob: Laugh Your SquarePants Off!: A Joke Book Collection • SpongeBob's Very Grown-Up Coloring Book • SpongeBob SquarePants: Little Golden Book Favorites • SpongeBob SquarePants Ocean 3D: Facts & 3D Pics • SpongeBob SquarePants Mad Libs • Star Power! • SpongeBob and the Princess • Stop the Clock • SpongeBob DetectivePants: The Case of the Missing Spatula • SpongeBob DetectivePants in the Case of the Vanished Squirrel • SpongeBob NaturePants • SpongeBob's Best Day Ever! • SpongeBob Goes Green! • SpongeBob to the Rescue! • SpongeBob's Big Coloring Book • SpongeBob SquarePants Phonics Box • SpongeBob SquarePants Phonics Box 2 • SpongeBob Goes to the Doctor • SpongeBob JokePants • Spring CleanUp • SpongeBob MoviePants • SpongeBob's Special Delivery • SpongeBob PartyPants • SpongeBob Saves the Day (Cine-Manga book) • SpongeBob Saves the Day (phonics book) • SpongeBob Saves the Day (Triple Pack) • SpongeBob, Soccer Star! • SpongeBob's Feelin' It! • SpongeBob SquarePants Annual 2006 • SpongeBob SquarePants Annual 2007 • SpongeBob SquarePants Annual 2008 • SpongeBob SquarePants Annual 2009 • SpongeBob SquarePants Annual 2010 SpongeBob SquarePants Annual 2012 • SpongeBob SquarePants Annual 2013 • SpongeBob SquarePants Annual 2014 • SpongeBob SquarePants Annual 2015 • SpongeBob SquarePants Joke Book • SpongeBob SquarePants Trivia Book • Stir, Squirt, Sizzle: A Nick Cookbook • Sticky Situations! • SpongeBob SquarePants: The Essential Guide • SpongeBob LovePants • SpongeBob SpookyPants • SpongeBob Exposed! The Insider's Guide to SpongeBob SquarePants • SpongeBob SquarePants: Color Me! • SpongeBob Tees Off • SpongeBob RoundPants • SpongeBob's Book of Excuses • SpongeBob's Best Days • SpongeBob's Kitchen Mission Cookbook • SpongeBob's Easter Parade • ScribbleBob DoodlePants! • SpongeBob's Runaway Roadtrip • SpongeBob SquarePants: Spelling • SpongeBob's Secret Valentine • SpongeBob's Slap Shot • SpongeBob's Box of Books • SpongeBob SquarePants: Multiplication • SpongeBob SquarePants Sudoku Puzzles 1 • SpongeBob SquarePants Sudoku Puzzles 2 • SpongeBob's Yard Sale • SpongeBob's New Toy • SpongeBob SquarePants Sudoku Puzzles 3 • SpongeBob SquarePants Survival Guide • SpongeBob SportyPants! • SpongeBob for President! • Sponge on the Run! • SpongeBob SquarePants: Glow in the-Dark Sticker Book • Spongezilla Attacks! • Stop the Presses! • Somebunny Special • Stopped Clock • Tales From Bikini Bottom • Think Happy! • Top of the Heap! • The Dark and Murky Cave • The Essential Guide • The Best Mom • The Bikini Bottom Bike Race • Tea at the Treedome • The Blurry Day • Talent Show • The SpongeBob SquarePants Oracle • Tell Me, Magic Shell • The Art Contest: No Cheating Allowed! • The Nick Dictionary • The Amazing SpongeBobini • The Big Halloween Scare • The Great Escape • The Great Train Mystery • The Adventures of Man Sponge and Boy Patrick in Goodness, Man Ray! • The Adventures of Man Sponge and Boy Patrick in What Were You Shrinking? • The Adventures of Man Sponge and Boy Patrick in E.V.I.L vs. the I.J.L.S.A • The Adventures of Man Sponge and Boy Patrick in The Mega-Justice Collection • The Good, the Bad, and the Krabby • The Great Patty Caper • Time for Ice Cream • The Bikini Bottom Bike Race • The Eye of the Fry Cook: A Story About Getting Glasses • The Good, the Bad, and the Krabby! • The Great Snail Race • The Never-Ending Stay • The Big Win • The Song That Never Ends • The Big Book of SpongeBob! • The Sponge Who Saved Christmas • The Hole Truth About Work • The SpongeBob SquarePants Experience: A Deep Dive into the World of Bikini Bottom • The Krabby Patty Special (with Extra Plankton) • The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie • The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (Cine-Manga) • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water: The Junior Novelization • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run: The Junior Novelization • The Great Gary Rescue! • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run: Official Activity Book • The Annual Big Book of SpongeBob SquarePants • The Three Little Neighbors • They Blow Up So Fast! • Trouble at the Krusty Krab! • UFO! • Ultimate Sticker Collection: Nickelodeon • Unidentified Laughing Objects: SpongeBob's Book of Space-y-Jokes • Undersea SuperStar! • Ultimate Storybook Collection • Ultimate Sticker Book: SpongeBob SquarePants • Underwater Math Adventure • Underwater Friends • Vote for SpongeBob • Where's Gary? • What Luck! • Wipe Out! • Where'd It Go?: A Pop-Up Book • What's Cooking, SpongeBob? • Where the Pirates Arrgh! • Welcome to Camp Coral! • When Mr Kiasu meets SpongeBob SquarePants • Who's Hungry? • Wipe-Off Workbook • Wormy • WhoBob WhatPants? • Wonderful Wormy • Yo-Ho-Ha-Ha-Ha!: A Pirate Joke Book • You Can't Keep a Good Sponge Down • You're Fired! • You Snooze, You Lose • Zoo Day Disaster • Zoo of Balloons